By Ala’ Alrababa’h and Ghazi Jarrar
For months now, the Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been advocating the arming of Syrian rebels. Last month a top Arab diplomat revealed that Saudi weapons are being transferred through Jordan to Syria. Jordanian government spokesman and information minister, Rakan Majali, denied the report. More recently, the U.S. has indicated that it might support arming Syrian rebels, and Saudi Arabia has increased pressure on Jordan to allow weapon transfer to the rebels. Jordan is unlikely to be able to resist Saudi pressure for long. A top Jordanian official has recently declared: “We are a non-interventionist country. But if it becomes force majeure, you have to join—this is the story of Jordan.”
Pundits have focused their debates on whether arming Syrian rebels is good or bad for Syria. However, the impact of transferring weapons to Syrian rebels on Jordan has been rarely discussed.